Stretching is an essential part of every workout plan. It reduces risk of injury, prevents sore muscles, and improves performance. When you stretch you are working the muscle fibers, which are attached to the stretch receptors of the muscle. Beginning a stretching program will have great benefits in the long run. Your body will become healthier and you will be in better shape. Stretching exercises should be performed in an area where you have plenty of space and there won\'t be any interruptions, allowing for maximum potential.